Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo has been diagnosed with a partial tear to a tendon in his left foot. He has been given an injection and placed in a walking boot.
Nimmo, the club's first-round draft pick in 2011, was added to the 40-man roster earlier in the offseason in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He started last season at Double-A Binghamton and was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas during the season. While the free agent signings of Yoenis Cespedes and Alejandro de Aza may impede a major league arrival in 2016, Nimmo is still a high-level prospect in the organization. He ranked fourth in our list of the Mets' twenty-five prospects. In writing up that list, Greg Karam said:
I remain optimistic on the near-term projection for Nimmo. He can still handle center field for the time being, he knows how to take a walk, and he has some latent raw power that can potentially be tapped into. Nimmo will begin the season back in Las Vegas where he will once again be working with a new swing. It wouldn't surprise me if he ends up being one of the first names called upon should an injury pop up in the outfield in 2016.
Nimmo is due to be reevaluated in ten days, at which point the organization will have a better understanding of his status as spring training approaches.